There are always debates about whether or not certain technological tools should be used in the classroom. In classrooms today it is not a surprise to see a television, computer, and a smartboard, if not more tech gadgets. With these advances in technology and the great things that we can do with different tech tools, there is often issues when it comes to different sites that are used in the classroom. A lot of schools ban all forms of social networking such as Facebook and Twitter, even though these sites can be argued as an educational tool or that it is necessary to teach students the impact of these social networking sites and how to stay safe while using them instead of banning them in schools.
A few weeks ago, my EBus class had a guest lecturer give us a presentation on inter-disciplinary education and her experiences. Having not had much previous knowledge about inter-disciplinary education, this was a great opportunity for me to learn from someone who had first-hand experience with this type of education. The twist to this guest lecture was the fact that the entire lecture was done through the use of Skype.
I found that using Skype to connect with other educators was very beneficial for our class, it allowed us to connect with an educator in another province to hear about her experiences. I think that Skype can be used for both personal and educational purposes and would love to use Skype in my classrooms in the future.
Through some research, I have found an educational Skype Wiki that lays out safety issues, potential problems, benefits and other resources.
I do understand that there are a number of concerns when it comes to safety, privacy and other problems that may come with the use of Skype in the classroom but I believe that if it is used properly, Skype could be a great educational tool for teachers to connect with each other and provide students with new knowledge and perspectives.